Heatwave roasts mussels alive in California

July 3, 2019 by  
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An unusual heatwave sent droves of Californians to the beach, where they were met with hundreds of unfamiliar beach-goers – cooked mussels. Consecutive days of high temperatures caused a widespread die-off of mussels along Northern California’s Bodega Bay, a marine reserve and fishing community. Ecologists reported similar die-of scenarios throughout a 140 mile stretch of coastline. Although there was a similar die-off of mussels in 2004, this appears to be the largest in 15 years. With low-tide temperatures reaching up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the mussels were roasted right in their shells and washed up on the beaches fully cooked. Related: Trash collecting device returned to Pacific garbage patch Scientists worry that although they can see the damage to the mussel population by walking along the shore, there could be other widespread damage to other species and ecosystems below the water and out of eyesight, as mussels are a critical species within their ecosystem. “Mussels are known as a foundation species . The equivalent are the trees in a forest– they provide shelter and habitat for a lot of animals, so when you impact that core habitat it ripples throughout the rest of the system,” said marine research coordinator, Jackie Sones. “These events are definitely becoming more frequent, and more severe. Mussels are one of the canaries in the coal mine for climate change, only this canary provides food and habitat for hundreds of other species,” said Christopher Harley, a biologist at the University of British Columbia. Much research about rising sea levels and temperatures focuses on nearshore tropical ecosystems, where coral reefs are sensitive to even the slightest shifts in temperature or acidity. Less research exists for cooler coastlines and open waters such as Northern California, but the mussel die-off is evidence that the negative impacts of climate change have already reached these waters. Via The Guardian Image via joycemay

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Insane video shows Siberian ground bubbling like a "wobbling waterbed"

July 28, 2016 by  
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Siberia is no stranger to weird geological phenomena. Adding to the list of the area’s vast holes and craters is a bubbling tundra on the island of Belyy. Environmental researchers found a site where the Earth wobbles like a waterbed when stepped upon. Their best guess to explain the mysterious quivering is methane released by melting permafrost just below the surface. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=06Xc3LtZRWo Researchers Alexander Sokolov and Dorothee Ehrich first noticed the spot last year and were surprised to see similar occurrences this year. So far, 15 bubbling spots have been found in the area, each averaging about a meter in diameter. They found the air escaping from the bubbles contain 200 times more methane and 20 times more carbon dioxide than the typical air we breathe. Related: Toxic methane is leaking from Siberia’s rapidly melting permafrost Further studies need to be done, but they are estimating a recent heatwave through Europe may have something to do with the phenomena. Sokolov told the Siberian Times , “It is likely that that 10 days of extraordinary heat could have started some mechanisms, [and the] higher level of permafrost could have thawed and released a huge amount of gases.” Melting permafrost releasing methane and CO2 into the atmosphere is the last thing we need as climate change isn’t slowing down anytime soon without the added emissions. Sokolov said, “It is evident even to amateurs that this is a very serious alarm.” Via Science Alert Images via  YouTube

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Dangerous Heat and Storms to Peak Today in Northeastern US

July 19, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock High temperatures have left large parts of the US sweltering in recent days, and today those temperatures are predicted to reach “dangerous” heights. Temperatures broke 100 degrees at JFK airport yesterday, while the heat index ranged from 105-115 degrees in some areas. Today’s hot weather is expected to be broken by heavy storms, golf-sized hail and possibly tornadoes in some areas. But the extremity of the weather is not even the strangest part—meteorologists are taking particular note of the fact that the system is moving “backwards” from east to west . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dangerous heat , east coast , extreme heat , extreme weather , global warming , heatwave , NOAA , tornadoes , weather forecasts , weather patterns        

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DIY: Homemade Insect Repellent Sprays and Lotions

July 19, 2013 by  
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As people take to campgrounds and beaches in search of a little R&R this summer, insects of various shapes and sizes are rubbing their little feet (forelegs?) together in glee at the smorgasbord they’ll get to sample. Depending on where you’re located, you may have the dubious honor of being gnawed upon by mosquitoes , deer flies, no-see-ums, and other flying bite-y things. Since walking around while draped in netting isn’t at the top of anyone’s summer “to-do” list, the best bet to avoid becoming a walking buffet is insect repellent. Jump ahead for a few homemade concoctions. Read the rest of DIY: Homemade Insect Repellent Sprays and Lotions Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: all natural mosquito repellant , all natural mosquito spray , black flies , bug repellent , bugs , chiggers , citronella , deer flies , DEET , DIY , essential oils , Eucalyptus , homemade bug repellent , horse flies , insect repellent , insects , mosquito repellant , mosquitoes , natural bug repellant , peppermint , ticks        

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7 Energy-Efficient Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer

July 17, 2013 by  
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As the summer heat intensifies, the temptation to blast the air conditioner can be unbearable – but it’s bound to take a toll on your energy bill and the environment. Fortunately, there’s lots of ways to conserve energy and lower your utility bill without breaking a sweat. Sealing and insulating your home is estimated to reduce cooling costs by 20% according to the EPA, while a light-colored roof can make a difference of up to 25 degrees of your home’s temperature. Check out this helpful infographic from Toms Mechanical for more energy-efficient ways to beat the heat! The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of 7 Energy-Efficient Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , ac , air conditioner , air conditioning , beat the heat , energy efficient cooling , Green Building , green design , heatwave , summer heat , sustainable design , toms mechanical        

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2011 Was the 11th Hottest Year on Record

January 23, 2012 by  
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An average global temperature of 57.9 degrees Fahrenheit marked 2011 as the 11th hottest year on record. At a full 0.9 degrees warmer than the 20th century average, this past year was hotter than every year in the last century except for 1998. The sentiment among  climate scientists is that higher temperatures are largely sustained by increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, especially  carbon dioxide emissions from human activity. This means that if global emissions aren’t curbed and development continues without consideration for climate, the future will be full of freaky storms, extreme weather, and even more record-breaking weather anomolies. Read the rest of 2011 Was the 11th Hottest Year on Record Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2011 was 11th hottest year on record , carbon dioxide , Climate Change , climate model , CO2 , Drought , eco habitat , eco-conscious , emissions , emissions reduction , extreme weather , giss , global climate , green infrastructure , green living , green technology , green transportation , heatwave , hottest year , infrastructure , localize , municipal water , nasa , nasa giss , Recycle , renewable energy , solar , sustainable design , sustainable living , water conservation , water issues , weather

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DIY: Beat the Heatwave by Making Your Own Air Conditioner

July 8, 2010 by  
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Martha and the Vandellas were on the right track — heatwaves can definitely tear you apart. The current temperature in NYC has our “ heads in a haze “, and being as energy conscious as we are, we’re torn between being unbearably hot or turning on the electricity-eating AC. Well, we just might have a wonderful compromise — a DIY AC that you can make out of inexpensive and readily available materials — we must add, for our peace of mind, that you should switch out the Styrofoam (GASP!) cooler above for a reusable one

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